Recipe: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Apricot Gelée

Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert of silky, sweetened cream set with gelatin, is all at once simple, classic and elegant.  It is, at its best, subtle, not overly sweet, and the perfect way to end a meal on a light and refreshing note.
Panna cotta comes together quickly and can be molded in any type of vessels you choose -- from ramekins to demitasse, martini glasses to mason jars.  I like to compliment my panna cotta with a thin layer of gelée -- a gelatin stabilized glaze made from fresh fruit.  Apricots are in season right now, and are bursting with summer sweetness, so I chose to do an apricot gelée.  You can use my recipe with any type of fruit you'd like.  
Here are some photos of panna cottas I've made in the past with a variety of gelées and vessels:
Vanilla Panna Cotta with a Honey Gelée and Bee Pollen
Lemon Panna Cotta, no gelée
Meyer-Lemon Panna Cotta, Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelee

I like to decorate my desserts with edible flowers, especially in summer and springtime. My theme fo…

Make Your Own Cupcake Wrappers - Free Cupcake Sleeve Template

As part of the Elmer's Kids Craft Camp CAMP CUPCAKE, I taught the "campers" how to make custom cupcake wrappers using a simple template, scrapbook paper, and the Decorative Edge Scissors from X-Acto.

Today, I'm sharing a free printable template so that you can make the cupcake wrappers too!

Just click on the image above to download.

To make your own cupcake wrappers:

1.You can print the document in color on a heavy stock paper and use the wrappers just the way they are.
2. Cut out a wrapper and use to trace the shape on a decorative scrapbook paper of your choosing.  
3.  Use decorative edge scissors to trim 1/4 from the top of each wrapper.
4.  Tape or glue ends together.
5.  Pop in a cupcake!

If you'd like to enter for a chance to win an Elmer's Craft Kit loaded with craft supplies, including two packages of the X-acto Decorative Scissors, visit my giveaway HERE.
(Ends Wednesday, July 27, Midnight PST)

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